That Was Then...This Is Now (1985)




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The two main protagonists in this dark drama come out of the downbeat teen world of writer S.E. Hinton and behave accordingly. Mark's (Emilio Estevez) mother was shot to death by his father, and his father is put away behind bars for a long, long time. After that trauma, Mark is raised by the Douglas family and especially tags along after Bryon Douglas (Craig Sheffer), a few years his senior and the surrogate father-brother figure in his life. The importance of that relationship is brought home … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: S.E. Hinton, Emilio Estevez
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 14, 2003
Paramount Home Video



as Mark Jennings

as Bryon Douglas

as Cathy Carlson

as M&M Carlson

as Angela Shepard

as Mrs. Douglas

as Mr. Carlson

as Terry Jones

as Charlie Woods

as Curly Shepard

as Mrs. Carlson

as Mike Chambers

as Dirty Dave

as Smitty

as Police Officer
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Critic Reviews for That Was Then...This Is Now

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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March 31, 2008
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | July 3, 2004
Chicago Reader
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Full Review… | July 3, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

A morose melodrama about adolescent experiences.

| August 21, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for That Was Then...This Is Now

An okay teenage drug drama movie with a good cast and interesting characters, but I hate the ending. This movie disappointed me. It's okay, but not good.

Aj V

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I remember going to this when it came out in the theaters. 1985? I was 10 and thought it blew goat. don't think I will watch again.

Chad Roesti

Super Reviewer

This movie has a lot of drama going on, and creates good characters, but we aren't given a solid resolution to their conflicts, and there are many loose ends. The acting was good, though, the characters had this feeling like they were going somewhere, and all but the main character end up somewhere. This isn't a satisfactory ending for a movie like this!

Lisa Spader

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